July 27, 2015
The first graduates of the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program in LA will be celebrated this Tuesday, July 28th. The program was a success thanks in part to support from AT&T. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will deliver the keynote address.
The Summer Immersion Program is a seven week long intensive computer science course for girls who are sophomores or juniors in high school. The course embeds classrooms in technology companies and universities, and the girls learn everything from robotics to mobile development to computer languages such as HTML and CSS. In addition to learning these skills, they also gain exposure to the tech industry and receive mentorship from women working in technology.
Twenty girls completed the LA Summer Immersion Program. At their graduation on Tuesday, they will present their final projects to the audience which will include Mayor Eric Garcetti, Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani, and AT&T Senior Vice President of Customer Experience & Business Planning Carmen Nava.
Girls Who Code was started four years ago by Saujani. She was inspired to start the organization when she learned that only 0.4% of girls chose computer science as a college major, despite 74% of girls showing interest in STEM while in middle school.
“When I started Girls Who Code in 2012, I never dreamed that we would be placing over a thousand girls at our country’s most influential companies. These young women have the opportunity to gain skills that could change the trajectory of their lives completely,” said Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code in a statement. “We can’t wait to get this year’s programming underway and provide girls with the tools and guidance to excel in the technology industry. Learning first-hand from leading tech giants, I know this year’s class has the potential to shape the field for years to come.”
The results of the program have been impressive. 90% of the girls who graduate from the Summer Immersion programs across the country are majoring in computer science or something related. This includes 77% of girls who changed paths because of the program. In addition, 92% of participants went on to show other people how to code.
Girls Who Code currently runs Summer Immersion Programs in 14 cities throughout the US including Miami, NYC, San Francisco, Mountainview, CA, Newark, NJ, and Washington, DC.
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